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How to Certify a Trophy-Size Freshwater Fish

Certifying Your Fish By Length and Photo:

  • Lay the fish on top of or beside a flat measuring rule. Do not lay the rule over the curvature of the fish's body.
  • Close the fish's mouth and squeeze the tail lobes together.
  • Measure from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail to the nearest ¼ inch. See diagram.
  • Have an observer verify the length and complete the witness information on the application. Or, take a picture of the fish and complete the length witness information yourself.
  • Fish certified by length only (no certified weight), do not qualify for "Angler of the Month & Year Awards".

Certifying Your Fish By Weight:

  • Take your fish to a store with certified scales.
  • Have a clerk weigh the fish and complete the weight witness information on the application.